As information continues to develop, and city directives continue to increase public closures, our options for entertainment, for community, and physical movement seem to decrease. This is my little family’s log of how we’re approaching this time of quarantine. I pray it encourages and inspires you! Feel free to leave comments or questions at the bottom of each post. I’ll create a new post each day with what we ate, how we spent our time, and how we moved and nourished our bodies and immune systems.
Day 1 of Spring Break / Quarantine (Monday 3/17/2020)
We were supposed to leave Tuesday for a 4-day trip to St. Augustine, so Monday was spent pretty business-as-usual. The official directives at the time were to limit public gatherings to no more than 250 people, and many businesses were still open. Eric’s company sent home as many employees as they could to work remotely on the previous Friday, so he was home, answering emails and taking conference calls. The CrossFit gym where I work is currently still open for business, so I coached my 9:30am class as usual.
Here’s a quick run-down of the rest of the day:
7:00 AM: Kids woke up and we let them watch some TV while we got ready and discussed the day. Eric ran out to Home Depot to get a faucet and a few other odds and ends we needed to complete our remodel on the little downstairs half-bath.
8:00 AM: Contractor arrived to finish the bathroom. And the electrician arrived to finish wiring my home office. (We’re closing in a sunroom-type area in the front of our house to make a more obvious and functional work space for me).
9:00 AM: Breakfast was nitrate-free bacon and Kodiak brand protein waffles with 100% maple syrup, fresh strawberries + kombucha, water, and morning supplements (multi-vitamins, probiotics, Vitamin C and Vitamin D for everyone). Mommy left to go coach her class. Kids got some more TV time while Daddy took his calls. The little one is creating a PowerPoint presentation on Flowers, just for fun. Her brother taught her how to make fun transitions between the slides and it was a super-cute millennial kid moment.
11:00 AM: I got home from the gym and made my own first meal (because I did not eat with everyone earlier; I just had coffee with collagen protein): 2 eggs scrambled with some leftover taco beef, fresh tomatoes, avocado and maybe 6-8 organic tortilla chips. At this point, we still thought we were going to St. Augustine the next day, so I made a nail appointment. 🙂 And had a quick check-in call with my web designer because we’re giving this ole web site of mine an overhaul. Stay tuned for that!
12:30 – 3:00 PM: I went to get my nails done and run a few more errands to prepare for our trip. Eric continued to try to work from home and entertain the kiddos. 🙂 Their lunch was gluten-free corn dogs (one of my emergency foods that we just always have in the freezer) + carrots and cucumbers dipped in Trader Joe’s organic ranch. (This is made with soybean oil, which is 100% NOT on my approved foods list, but I didn’t have any of my homemade ranch on-hand and at least this way, they eat a good amount of raw veggies. You win some, you lose some.) And I could see ice cream bowls in the sink when I got back, so I think Daddy was playing Good Cop and let them have some organic strawberry ice cream as “lunch dessert!” LOL. Oh, daddies.
3:00 PM: I got home and had my second meal: nitrate-free salami, goat cheese, carrots, cucumbers + leftover salsa chicken, and 6-8 more organic tortilla chips (basically, clean out the fridge). Then I took the kids to the public library to check out some books and DVDs for our trip (that I still thought we were taking, which we of course are no longer). While we were at the library, the mayor addressed the city and directed that public gatherings be reduced to no more than 50 people, reduced occupancy for restaurants/theaters/gyms/etc. by 50%, and instituted a 9Pm last call (the pre-cursor to a city-wide curfew, I imagine). They also announced the closure of all city rec centers and public libraries until further notice. The librarians announced that we could continue checking out materials, that there was no specific date planned for re-opening yet, and there would be no late fees assigned.
5:00 PM: We arrived home; let the kids have some video game / screen time while Eric and I did our workout. We’re on a strength cycle right now where we lift 3x a week together. Mondays are always “volume” days — we do 5×5 (5 sets of 5 reps each) Back Squat; we alternate between 5×5 Bench Press or Standing Overhead Shoulder Press; and 1×5 Deadlift. We try to go up 5# per lift each week. Yesterday, I did 5×5 Back Squat at 160#, 5×5 Overhead Press at 70#, and 1×5 Deadlift at 205# (a repeat from last week because I tried 210# and it was not happening for 5 reps).
6:00 PM: I was in an inexplicably foul mood during our workout. I think I was on edge because I felt in my gut that we were not going to be able to make St. Augustine work, but I didn’t want to admit it. And I had a newsletter I wanted to get out to my community, but it was already so late in the day, and I just felt overwhelmed and sour. Eric made dinner while I showered, posted a few things to Instagram Stories, and did my skincare/self-care routine. (He’s pretty amazing). Dinner was a big salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, shredded carrots, olives, and baked gluten-free chicken fingers (more emergency food from the freezer). After dinner, we made the ultimate call that we would cancel St. Augustine. We broke it to the kids and they were sad at first, but we explained that the Lighthouse and Museum were closed, the fort was closed, the Alligator Farm was closed, restaurants would soon be following suite … and they totally understood, and were awesome. I was so proud of them.
7:30 PM: The 4 of us snuggled on the couch (well, the kids wiggled around in 1,282 position on top of mine and Eric’s bodies) and watched Jackie Chan’s 2010 family action comedy The Spy Next Door on Netflix. They, of course, asked for more ice cream. And they got apple slices. 🙂
10:00 PM: Somehow bedtime drug on and drug on. I don’t know quite where we went wrong, but whatever. Teeth were eventually brushed. Prayers were eventually said. And eyes were eventually closed. I’m sad about St. Augustine but somehow really excited about spending this downtime with my family, finding creative ways to be together, to support our community, to improve the cleanliness and flow of our home … it’s going to be a welcome change of pace. And there are so many in our community who will need our support because their jobs and income and health are legitimately at risk.